James Miller, professor of communications, holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Miller’s teaching and research interests have mainly to do with political culture and the media. His recent work has focused on the changing experience of democratic citizenship, which is increasingly more popular-cultural than overtly political.
Current publications explore the crisis in mainstream journalism as an example of the decline of cultural modernism and the increasing mediatization of political and social life through emerging communications technologies.
Miller has also studied critically a form of Western foreign aid known as media assistance, which exports U.S. journalistic norms and practices to “democratizing” places like post-communist Central Europe. His earlier research analyzed the development of new media, especially the internet predecessor videotex, known in France as Minitel, and media law, regulation and policy in North America and Europe.
Miller’s work has appeared in such major journals as Media, Culture and Society, Journal of Communication, European Journal of Communication, Global Media and Communication, European Journal of Cultural Studies and Nieman Reports as well as in edited volumes, and has been published in French and Spanish. He chaired an annual internal conference on telecommunications policy research, and edited its proceedings. Miller also co-edited a collection of faculty work celebrating Hampshire’s twentieth anniversary.
His research has been supported by the Canadian government, the Whiting foundation and IREX, among others. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Fulbright researcher in Paris.
Miller is a member of the International Association for Media and Communication Research, European Communication Research and Education Association and the International Studies Association. During 2010-2011, he was visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab and at Goldsmiths, University of London.